Walking with God in Fear and Faith
Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 22:6-24:22
My selection: I Samuel 23:12
Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the Lord said, “They will surrender you.”
My reflections: The depth of one’s relationship to God is demonstrated in the hard decisions of life. David’s fear of and faith in God stands in stark contrast to the people of Keilah and even his own loyal but misguided followers.
David had, by God’s direction and against the advice of his followers, just delivered the people of Keilah from the Philistine invaders. David risked his life and those of his men in fighting the Philistines but he also risked revealing his location to Saul. Sure enough, Saul heard what happened and prepared to come for David. When David sought asylum in Keilah, a walled city, he learned from God that Keilah would betray him.
Talk about a betrayal! Here he had just freed this city but they would not be loyal to him. This is just one more example of the evil that is in the hearts of men.
Meanwhile, David continued to show integrity in all his dealings, including sparing Saul’s life. In today’s reading, it is clear that David was a leader who got his directions from the Lord. He did not resort to doing what was popular among his well-meaning followers. They did not want to pick a fight with the Philistines and they wanted David to kill Saul in the cave. He did neither. Here is the evidence that he was a man who feared God and loved His law. The people of Keilah were opportunists who could be bought and sold to the highest bidder. David’s men were driven by fear and human wisdom. David stood alone before God. No wonder he was called a man after God’s heart.
My challenge: What risks do you take to obey God? How do you stand against the tide of popular opinion in your decisions to obey Him?
Christian, take heed to Eph. 6:10-11:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
May God make you victorious in Him today.
Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Samuel 25:1-27:12